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Tuesday, May 5 2015

Proverbs 8: The Dominion Of The Wise

"They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever"

The prophet Daniel was given a great amount of information about the future (see the Fact Finder question below). Included among the many prophecies that Daniel recorded was a view of the resurrections to come - and how the "wise" of the first resurrection will serve those of the later resurrection (see The Harvests Of Salvation). The result will be the same for all - to "turn many to righteousness."

"12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." (Daniel 12:2-3 KJV)

Heaven The apostle John was given to see and record, in the Book of Revelation (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come), many of the same prophecies that were recorded by Daniel - including how those of the first resurrection will teach those of the later resurrection.

"20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4-6 KJV)

The wisdom that is described as righteous wisdom is not mere worldly, humanistic wisdom. True wisdom was an element of Creation ("When He prepared the heavens, I was there"). It is the way to eternal life ("For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD"). It is the greater purpose of the Book of Proverbs (see Proverbs 1: Words To Get Ahead).

"8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

8:2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 8:3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." (Proverbs 8:1-36 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Daniel record about the events that will precede the Kingdom of God on Earth?

See the complete study series for the prophet Daniel:
The Prophet Daniel: A Child Of The Exile
The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image
The Prophet Daniel: The Fiery Furnace
The Prophet Daniel: The Dream Of A Tree
The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall
The Prophet Daniel: The Den Of Lions
The Prophet Daniel: The Four Great Beasts
The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat
The Prophet Daniel: The Seventy Weeks
The Prophet Daniel: The Hiddekel Vision
The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South


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This Day In History, May 5

553: The Second Council of Constantinople began with participants from the West and East (Byzantine) Roman Empire.

1215: Rebel barons renounced their patriotism (the original meaning of patriotism was loyalty to the father; "king" meant father of the kin; see also The Patriotism Prophecy) to King John of England. The response produced the Magna Carta.

1260: Kublai Khan became emperor of the Mongol Empire (see also Gog and Magog).

1292: Adolf of Nassau was crowned German king (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). He was deposed in June 1298 by his Habsburg opponent Albert I.

Napoleon 1494: Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica. He named the island Santa Gloria. All four of the made-legendary voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually just to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1646: After his defeat at the Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War, Charles I surrendered to a Scottish army at Newark.

1705: Leopold I, Emperor of The Holy Roman Empire, died at 64.

1821: Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and conqueror of much of Europe, died at age 52 (most historians believe it was of cancer) while a prisoner on the island of St. Helena after his famous defeat at Waterloo (Belgium) on June 18 1815.

1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi and his "Thousand Redshirts" sailed from Genoa to conquer Sicily and Naples.

1865: The U.S. Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.

1893: The stock market crashed on Wall Street, resulting in the closure of 600 banks, the bankruptcy of thousands of businesses and the unemployment of 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. work force.

1925: High school biology teacher John T. Scopes, 24, was arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee classroom (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1941: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia returned to his capital after British forces liberated Ethiopia from the Italian invasion forces that had occupied the country since 1935.

1945: British and Canadian troops liberated the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation.

1949: The Council of Europe was established.

1955: The Federal Republic of Germany became a sovereign state after the Allied High Commission dissolved itself.

1961: Alan Shepard became the first U.S. astronaut in space with a 15 minute sub-orbital flight (i.e. it did not go completely around the earth) in a Mercury spacecraft. The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space a month before, on April 12, with a 108-minute full orbital flight.

1964: The Council of Europe declared May 5 as Europe Day.

1980: In London, elite British SAS (Special Air Service) troops stormed the Iranian Embassy, killing 4 of the 5 gunmen who had taken over the building and seized hostages.

2006: The government of Sudan signed an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.

2010: Mass protests in Greece erupted in response to the austerity measures imposed by the Greek government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.


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